By Aashima Talwar Last Updated:
Two very powerful political families, with strong ties, came closer on February 26, 2015, when their offsprings tied the knot. It was RJD chief, Lalu Prasad Yadav's daughter, Raj Laxmi, and Samajwadi Party supremo, Mulayam Singh Yadav's grand-nephew, Tej Pratap Singh, who got married, in New Delhi.
The wedding further cemented the strong ties between the two political families. Raj Laxmi, is the youngest daughter of Lalu, while Tej Pratap Singh is an MP from Mainpuri, Uttar Pradesh. Despite it being a purely arranged marriage, the couple seemed very much in love, with both of them beaming in their wedding pictures and hoping for a happy married life ahead. Let us take you through this biggest political wedding gala.
The pre-wedding shagun was taken by Lalu and his wife Rabri Devi, to Lucknow on December 14, 2015. Lalu and his wife along with son Tejasvi, daughter Misa and other relatives finalised the wedding details with Mulayam Singh, and his son and UP Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav and other family members. The ring ceremony was held in New Delhi on December 16, 2014 in a private ceremony, with just a few close friends and relatives attending the do.
The ceremony was held in Saifai, in Etawah, UP. Held on February 21, 2015, it saw the presence some of the biggest names from politics and Bollywood including PM Narendra Modi and Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan. A staggering one lakh invites had been sent out for the tilak ceremony of Tej Pratap Singh Yadav. The other important guests at the ceremony were Rajya Sabha member Ram Gopal Yadav, Urban Development Minister Azam Khan, and politician Amar Singh.
Noted chefs had camped in the village, who prepared delicacies from Gujarat, UP and Bihar. The menu specials were sarrata (special sour raita), bedai (kachori), dahi-ke-aloo, baati-chokha, ulda poorie and paneer filled chola-bhatura. Among the sweetmeats imarti, jalebi served with chilled rabri, sohan halwa, kulfi and moong ki daal ka halwa were the special favourites of guests.
About 550 Swiss cottages were erected inside a stadium, and other 250 ordinary cottages for 1500 people were put in place, on a college ground. At the main venue, 10 giant LED screens were fixed for live coverage of the tilak. Lalu performed the tilak in a grand pandal bearing a festive look with a decked-up stage. A special band, called in from Varanasi, which had earlier performed at other big political weddings, was another major attraction of the ceremony.
A staggering one lakh invites were sent out to bigwigs across India. A colourful band welcomed the baraat as the bridegroom arrived at the venue on a chariot, bedecked with a variety of flowers, at the Ashoka Hotel, in New Delhi.
The groom looked dapper in his gold sherwani that he had teamed with a red pagdi and a red kamarbandh.
The bride matched the look of her groom in a traditional orangish-red and gold lehenga, studded with Swarovski crystals. It was her uncut diamond jewellery that swept us off our feet!
RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav had lined up a virtual who's who of the country’s power circuit for the wedding. Along with PM Narendra Modi, former PM Manmohan Singh also attended the gala. Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Robert Vadra were also seen blessing the couple.
Among the other political dignitaries were President Pranab Mukherjee, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, former Deputy PM L K Advani, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar.
Other political bigwigs who came to bless the couple included actress and politician Jaya Bachchan, NCP President Sharad Pawar, and JDU President Sharad Yadav, apart from many more ministers from Bihar and UP.
It was definitely a grand affair, with all the luminaries from across the country attending the wedding. While two of the strongest political families come together with this alliance, we at BollywoodShaadis wish the lovely couple a very happy married life ahead, and may their lives together be a blissful journey!
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